Dwarf cypress plants are smaller than cypress trees. They have delicate, lacy, needle-like foliage that range in color from a deep green to golden yellow. Dwarf cypress plants usually are grown as medium or large evergreen shrubs and often are called "false cypresses." There are two species of dwarf cypress plants. The first is the dwarf hinoki species, or Chamaecyparis obtuse. The second is the sawara cypress, or Chamaecyparis pisifera. Each species has many cultivars and the same general care requirements.
Plant your dwarf cypress in a location where it will be exposed to at least a half-day of sunlight.
Provide protection from the wind for the dwarf cypress by putting it near a wall or fence.
Amend the soil with 6 inches of sphagnum peat moss to provide an acidic environment for your dwarf cypress.
Fertilize the tree in the spring with a water-soluble, balanced (10-10-10), slow-release fertilizer developed for evergreen shrubs, using the dosage suggested on the label.
Water the plant when the soil becomes dry 1 inch below the surface.